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#2987299 - 10/18/12 09:42 AM Small land tree management
DntBrnDPig
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I recently bought a new house and it has 4 acres. There are deer around and I would like to make my 4 acres - the right 4 acres. Not just for the deer, but for my family too.

I would ideally like to have only tree's that are 'functional' if thats the word I am looking for. Such as oak, pecan, persimmons, apple, pear, etc.

Right now I have some pines, sweet gums, and birch mixed in with oaks.

With the exception of having more land, I dont see myself ever moving. I'm blessed to have this property and house at such a young age and I want to make changes now that I will be able to enjoy.

What steps should I take to make this happen? I've never been involved in land/tree management before so I imagine I will have to hire someone to come out and cut trees and remove stumps.

I've got a couple dozen persimmon seeds wrapped and in the freezer. I'm planning on putting them in pots in January and hopefully planting them the following year. So I would like to have this work done over the next year or so.
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#2987301 - 10/18/12 09:51 AM Re: Small land tree management [Re: DntBrnDPig]
BuckHunter511
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Call your local forestry people, they'll send a biologist out.
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#2987449 - 10/18/12 11:37 AM Re: Small land tree management [Re: BuckHunter511]
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If you wanna make it more appealing to wildlife,get rid of the non food producing trees,sweet gums,pines etc,and replace with food producing trees.Apples ,sawtooth,chestnut,etc.
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#2987473 - 10/18/12 11:52 AM Re: Small land tree management [Re: Football Hunter]
BlountArrow
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X2 on both comments from BH & FH. Also, when it comes time to plant trees that are "beneficial" to whitetail think about which ones will be producing quickest for starters. Also, don't be fooled into thinking that only oaks, fruit trees, and persimmons are the way to go because there are many other trees that provide beneficial and "preferred" forage - Winged Sumac for example. Lastly, be realistic with your expectations.
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#2987518 - 10/18/12 12:21 PM Re: Small land tree management [Re: BlountArrow]
smstone22
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Release the oaks you have. Clear out some ground for a orchard, and of course sow that orchard in a good hardy perennial clover like Durana. Time your fruit planting to where you should have fruit dropping from June through Novemberish. Kill whatever you have that isnt desireable.
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#2987615 - 10/18/12 01:34 PM Re: Small land tree management [Re: smstone22]
DntBrnDPig
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Thanks for all the reply's. It's a daunting task to get started. I probably will have someone come out and look at it - just to be sure.

When you say forestry people, do you mean the forestry service? Would they bother with my little piece of property? I dont mean bother to do the work, but just to come out I would be impressed.



Edited by DntBrnDPig (10/18/12 01:34 PM)
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#2987694 - 10/18/12 02:20 PM Re: Small land tree management [Re: DntBrnDPig]
BuckHunter511
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Call the forestry service or Twra land manager, it's part of their job to improve your property for wildlife.
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#2988076 - 10/18/12 07:47 PM Re: Small land tree management [Re: BuckHunter511]
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Maybe leave some of the "thick" stuff in one back corner for cover
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#2988194 - 10/18/12 08:38 PM Re: Small land tree management [Re: TNGunhunter]
BuckHunter511
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Cause in the job of a Twra biologist, it says "assist land owners In property management
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#2990185 - 10/20/12 08:21 AM Re: Small land tree management [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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Got this tip from another forum talking about hazelnuts. The link shows prices and while they are seedlings it would be impossible to beat the prices. Or the selection which I think is unreal. For a long term landowner IMHO this is the only way to go.

http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/publications/forestry/seedlingcatalog.pdf

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